Apple Responds to Privacy Debacle

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  • Apple will now require apps to ask for “explicit permission” from iPhone and iPad owners before the apps can collect and store a user’s personal contact data. “Apps that collect or transmit a user’s contact data without their prior permission are in violation of our guidelines,” wrote Apple Spokesman Tom Neumayr to CNN.

    The new guidelines are in response to the generally displeasing finding that Path and Twitter were collecting  personal contact information. CEO of Path, Dave Morin, has apologized for what he calls a “mistake” and has since taken proactive measures to ask for permission to use a user’s personal contact information.

    At least one web giant, Google, is betting that users will happily give up some private data in exchange for cash: a new program allows Google to record some browsing behavior for money.

    What do you think? Are you worried about apps collecting data? Or, have you given up on ‘privacy’?